Evening Herald Reports 2013
In the Division 1 Mens match between the two teams playing to avoid relegation, Mannamead A turned in a superb team performance to win by 7-2 at Devonshire A. The match was tense throughout, with play of a very high standard, with Mannamead retaining their place and Devonshire relegated to Division 2. For Mannamead Rory Harries and Jon Hamilton beat Richard Stafford and Joe Reeve 7-5 ; 6-4 and Craig Arbuckle and Martin Shortt 7-6 ; 6-4. Simon Prout and Matt Green beat Arbuckle and Shortt 7-6 ; 6-3 but were beaten 6-4 ; 3-6 ; 10-3 (t/b) by Stafford and Reeve. In another top class match, which was enjoyable both to play in and watch with all eight players on form and deserving credit for all their effort, champions elect Hill Lane A won by 7-4 at Ivybridge A. Tavistock A scored a 6-2 win at Liskeard, with Andrew Jackson and Tom Fear (Liskeard ) defeating Josh Brown and Luke Wakley 7-5 ; 6-1. Saltash A staved off relegation from Division 2 by winning 8-1 at St. Budeaux B. Although both teams were already sure of promotion, it was still a keenly fought encounter at St. Budeaux A, who kept their unbeaten record with a 6-4 victory over Mannamead B. Andrew Leigh and Ashley Reburn won three sets for Mannamead beating Chris Williams and Martin Hill 6-4 ; 6-4 but defeated by Neil Hunt and Paul Wardle 6-3 ; 4-6 ; 10-5 (t/b). Williams and Hill were a set all against Richard Avent and Phil Whitby but at 0-2 in the third set tie break they remarkably won the next ten points for a win by 4-6 ; 6-1 ; 10-2 (t/b). Plympton A had a creditable 5-4 win at Devonshire B, with Denis Mbu and Mike Lewis unbeaten for Devonshire. Looe A secured the Division 3 title with a fine 8-1 win over Plymstock A, with Des Hocking and Alan Palin delighted to have beaten the experienced pair of John Davies and Tim Randell 3-6 ; 6-1 ; 10-7 (t/b). Tavistock B also won by 8-1 against Hill Lane B to finish a point behind Looe. With four sets from James Sexton and Jake Freeman, Ivybridge B drew 4-4 with Tavistock C. Ivybridge D failed to avoid the drop from Division 4 when visitors Plympton B won by 8-0, with Dave Spencer and Adam Blain having to work hard to win their events. Ben Semmence and Jan Resnik continued in excellent form for Ivybridge C, winning four sets in the 6-3 win at Tavistock D. The young Whiteford Road A team played well at St. Budeaux C, but with Ashley Scoble and Matt Redshaw unbeaten, St. Budeaux won by 5-4.
St. Mellion came good at Plympton C and their 8-0 win means they retain their Division 5 place. Hill Lane C were winners by 8-1 over Tavistock E and were hoping for a second successive promotion. Hopes were high as Mannamead C suffered a severe setback when losing 7-2 at Yelverton A who played their best tennis of the season. However Mannamead had one match to play and a great 7-3 win at St .Mellion saw them move finally into second place a point ahead of Hill Lane C. The St Mellion veterans Roy Barraclough and Roger Wratten were on court for over three hours when in two marathon events they went down 6-4 ; 2-6 ; 15-13 (t/b) to Chris Shorter and Bernard Lien and by 0-6 ; 6-7 ;11-9 (t/b) to Paul Matthews and Perry Bailey. Looe B, in Division 6, were without the Plevin brothers but with Dave Worrall and Nigel Watson beating both Tavistock F pairs, honours were even at 4-4. Plympton D, by winning 8-0 and conceding only thirteen games at Plymstock B, have won the division. Saltash B were without their first pair of Patrick Poon and John Jacobs and lost 6-3 at Plympton E in Division 7. Mannamead D made it a third promotion for the club with a narrow 5-4 win at Menheniot.
Devonshire A, the champions elect in the Ladies Division 1, ended the season with a flourish by winning 8-0 at Mannamead A. Due to a last minute unavoidable withdrawal, Whiteford Road A had only one pair at home to Ivybridge A, who won by 8-0. Tavistock A, with four sets from Alison West and Sally Quinlan, beat Ivybridge B by 6-3 but failed to avoid relegation. West and Quinlan beat Steph Ellmer and Verity Holdsworth 6-3 ; 6-1 and Margaret Hammett and Victoria Goss 6-2 ; 6-1. St Budeaux A made it ten wins out of ten in Division 2 with a 6-2 win at Hill Lane A, with Sophie Murray and Lynda Harris winning the two sets for Hill Lane. Tavistock B won by 7-3 against St. Budeaux B, with the highlight coming from Maggie Lilley and Claire Glanville, who won all their four sets by 6-0. Tavistock B are promoted, as Devonshire B, who started the last match two points ahead of Tavvy, lost by 5-4 at Ivybridge C, despite Georgia Jones and Lynda Haley winning four sets. In Division 3, Plympton A were already promoted, but were without two of their regular players. Visitors, Yelverton A, took full advantage to win by 8-0 and secure the other promotion place. Mannamead B defeated Ivybridge D by 7-2, with Esther Pettit and Anna Tickle in unbeatable form and the main resistance for Ivybridge coming from Nicola White and Sarah Owen, who beat Jenny Snell and Liz Parks 7-5 ; 1-6 ; 10-8 (t/b). A misunderstanding over dates meant that St. Budeaux C had only two players at Plymstock who won by 6-2.
The two top teams in Division 4 met at Looe who won by 6-3 against Yelverton B. For Looe, Lyndsey Fear and Judi Greenbank beat Fiona Smart and Fiona Murphy 6-4 ; 5-7 ; 10-4 (t/b), and Lynne Macfarlane and Wendy Sharland 6-1 ; 6-1. Looe won by 6-2 against Hill Lane B, with this time the unbeaten pair being Melissa Hocking and Sacha Byford. St Mellion recorded their best result with an 8-1 victory over Tavistock C . Also playing well as a team were Saltash, who, with Nicole Boucherat and Jane Poon winning four sets accounted for Hill Lane B by 6-4. All twelve sets were needed at Whiteford Road B in their 7-5 win in Division 5 against Hill Lane C, in a match lasting well over three hours. Unbeaten for the Road were Penny Watson and Maggie Lintell, who defeated Debbie Grieve and Karen Harley 5-7; 7-5 ; 10-5 (t/b) and Jessica and Sophie Randall 6-4 ; 5-7 ; 10-8 (t/b). As usual, Menheniot were comfortable winners this week, by 8-1 at Plympton B, with fellow promotion contenders, Devonshire C, also going up after defeating Yelverton C by 8-0.
The two Mens Division 1 teams facing relegation had differing fortunes in their penultimate matches. Mannamead A drew with Ivybridge A 5-5 with the unbeaten pair being Gareth Hale and Rhys Dunsford of Ivybridge. Hale and Dunsford beat Rory Harries and Umberto Fontanari 6-4 ; 6-4 and Simon Prout and Matt Green 6-4 ; 5-7 ; 10-5 (t/b). Devonshire A lost 7-2 at Tavistock, with Linden Hardisty and Phil Ruse yet again unbeaten for Tavvy. Devonshire A now host Mannamead A in their last match, with Mannamead a point to the good. Liskeard put up a spirited fight at Hill Lane A but the champions elect won by 8-1. Ivybridge failed to field a team in a re-arranged match at Liskeard so were penalised five points, with Liskeard awarded the match 8-0. St Budeaux A remain undefeated in Division 2 but had a real struggle to win by 5-4 at Saltash A and so clinch the top spot. For St. Budeaux, Neil Hunt and Paul Wardle defeated Dave Harrington and James Taylor 6-1 ; 6-4 ; and Phil Tucker and George Welbourne 6-3 ; 6-4. Mannamead B are also promoted, consigning Devonshire B to another season in Division 2 by beating them 7-2, with Jon Hamilton and Phil Whitby winning four sets for Mannamead. Plympton A, as expected, won by 8-0 against St. Budeaux B in Division 3. For the second match running, Ivybridge B played an unregistered player, so Plymstock A won by 6-2. Tavistock B were comfortable winners by 8-0 over their C team. Looe A had to fight all the way to win by 7-2 at Hill Lane B.
In Division 4, Plympton B suffered a severe blow to their promotion chances. Unbeaten Plympton were at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Tavistock D, who produced one of the results of the season, coming away winners by 8-0. St Budeaux C kept their chance of avoiding relegation alive, by only losing at Ivybridge C by 5-4. Ivybridge D were 7-3 winners at Whiteford Road A, a result which could see both teams relegated. Mannamead C drew 5-5 with Hill Lane C in Division 5, with Paul Matthews and Ollie Fletches winning both their events for Mannamead and the teams both having scored 52 points. Rick Read and Peter Middleton conceded just four games as Tavistock E narrowly beat Plympton C by 5-4. Terry Leonard and Andy Weymouth continue to be the best pair in the division, winning four sets for Yelverton A, in the 6-2 victory at St. Mellion. Plymstock B, although the bottom team in Division 6, put up their best show of the season, to only lose by 6-4 at leaders Looe B. Paul Jackson and John Stuart were on court throughout for Tavistock F at St. Budeaux D, who won by 6-4. Jackson and Stuart fully deserved to win four sets , coming twice from a set down to defeat James Sinclair and Colin Wheeler by 5-7 ; 6-4 ; 11-9 ( t/b) and Rob Farrell and Gary Symons by 5-7 ; 6-3 ; 10-6 (t/b). Menheniot, with 25 players registered, surprisingly could not raise four to travel to Whiteford Road B in Division 7, conceding 8-0 and a five point penalty. The Saltash B second pair, Chris Cansfield and Nigel Smith, stole the limelight with two straight set wins, as Yelverton B went down 6-2 the lime.
Devonshire A Ladies maintained their five point lead over Ivybridge A in Division 1, as both teams recorded 8-0 wins. Devonshire A beat Tavistock A and Ivybridge A defeated Mannamead A. The Whiteford Road pair, Alison Diver and Linda Trebilcock, did very well to win three sets at Ivybridge B, who won the match 6-3. Diver and Trebilcock beat Margaret Hammett and Amanda Sinclair 6-3 ; 6-3 but were beaten 6-3 ; 3-6 ; 11-9 (t/b) by Verity Holdsworth and Caroline Vallance. In the battle for second place, in Division 2, Devonshire B opened up a two point gap on Tavistock B, by defeating them 5-4. Roma McMahon and Claire Glanville were on form for Tavvy with wins over Georgia Jones and Lynda Haley by 7-6 ; 6-3 and over Marguerite Butt and Penny Reid by 6-2 ; 1-6 ; 10-8 (t/b). Sophie Murray and Lynda Haley won their four sets easily for Hill Lane A in the 7-3 win at St. Budeaux B. Two birthday celebrations for Kate Gibbons and Nikki Aitken were the order of the day, after St.Budeaux A won by 8-0 against Ivybridge C. Jenny Snell was back, complete with a new knee, for Mannamead B in Division 3, against Yelverton A, who had Karen Gasche also playing her first match after injury. Honours went to Gasche, who remained unbeaten with Helen Smith, as Yelverton won by 6-3. Dylys Bradshaw and Jessica Randell won the four sets for Plymstock in the 4-4 draw at Ivybridge D, with Nicola White again the best Ivybridge player. Plympton A and St. Budeaux C are poles apart and as expected Plympton won by 8-0. Sandra O’Sullivan and Libby Allman remained unbeaten for Hill Lane B in the 4-4 draw with St. Mellion. In their first match for Tavistock C, Amber and Aisling Massey beat both the Looe pairs in another 4-4 draw. Yelverton B beat Saltash by 7-2, with Chris Bunney and Jill Cansfield of Saltash beating Wendy Sharland and Lynne Macfarlane 6-2 ; 6-7 ; 11-9 (t/b). Devonshire C in Division 5, recovered from last week’ 8-1 loss, to win by the same score against Plympton B. Whiteford Road B had only one pair at Menheniot and lost by 8-0 and Yelverton C won by 6-2 at Hill Lane C.
Ivybridge A and Devonshire A contributed to one of the best matches of the season as the teams drew 6-6 in the Mens Division 1, with newcomer junior player Pierce Widdicombe and Craig Arbuckle unbeaten in winning four sets for Devonshire. Unfortunately all their efforts were to no avail as Widdicombe was not registered,with the final score amended Ivybridge 8 Devonshire 2. With Dan Jones unavailable, Hill Lane A brought in Chris Ryland in the 5-5 draw with Tavistock A. However it was the Tavvy first pair of Linden Hardisty and Phil Ruse who took the honours, beating Ryland and Seb Dartnell 7-6 ; 6-1 and Glenn Richards and Adrian Brown 4-6 ; 6-2 ; 10-6 (t/b). Liskeard were without Rob Kellagher, with visitors Mannamead A winners by 6-2. In Division 2, St Budeaux A defeated Plympton A by 8-1 by being more consistent in the vital points with a single point scant reward for all the Plympton efforts. Simon Yeo and Martin Hill turned in a good show for St. Budeaux B against Devonshire B, but Devonshire ran out 6-2 winners. Second placed Mannamead B opened up a three point gap on third placed Devonshire B by winning 6-2 at Saltash A, with Saltash conceding two sets through injury to Steve Morris. The two top teams in Division 3 met at Looe A with Tavistock B earning a 4-4 draw. Dave Richardson and Jeremy Kevern won all the points for Looe in a win over Phil Harbottle and Gareth George by 6-4 ; 6-3 and over Tony Dugay and Dave Fidge by 6-0 ; 6-4. John Davies and Tim Randell again won four sets for Plymstock A, but dropped a set in beating Matt Smith and Peter Bradley 4-6 ; 6-1 ; 10-3 (t/b) which resulted in a win for Tavistock C by 5-4. In Division 4, Ivybridge D did well to only lose to Ivybridge C by 5-4, but neither pair of the D team could defeat Jan Resnik and Ben Semmence. Matt Redshaw and Ashley Scoble won both their events fairly easily for St. Budeaux C, who drew 4-4 with Tavistock D. Plympton B won by 8-0 at Whiteford Road A.
Plympton C, in Division 5, staged a winning come back against Mannamead C. Plympton were 4-1 down at the half way stage but won the next two events in straight sets to win by 5-4. Richard Read and Phil Middleton were the unbeaten form pair for Tavistock E in a 6-4 win over St. Mellion, with Roy Barraclough and Jon Grainger the pick of the St. Mellion team in winning three sets. Yelverton A strengthened their grip on top spot with an 8-1 victory at Hill Lane C. Looe B, the top team in Division 6, won narrowly by 5-4 at St. Budeaux D. James Sinclair and Colin Wheeler were unbeaten for St. Budeaux and inflicted a first reverse on Eliott and Guillanme Plevin, in a win by 2-6 ; 6-3 ; 10-6 (t/b). Plympton D made up ground on Looe B with an 8-1 win at Tavistock F. Andy Conroy made a rare appearance for Plymstock B and helped the team to a 6-2 win at Devonshire C . Plympton E beat Menheniot by 8-1 in Division 7, and for Plympton, Jamie Haigh and Glen Finn were involved in two very long events, finishing in the gloom, in beating Sam Picken and Steve Taylor 6-7 ; 7-6 ; 10-1(t/b), and David Lobb and Ian Harris 7-6 ; 6-4. Whiteford Road B put up a resolute display at Saltash B but Saltash finally won by 7-3. Mannamead D, by winning 8-1 at Yelverton B, have now won promotion.
Devonshire A and Ivybridge A played out a very evenly contested match in the race for top place in the Ladies Division 1, with Devonshire maintaining their lead after a 5-5 draw. The stars of the evening were Mia Loye and Laura James of Ivybridge, with wins over Natalie Hepburn and Gabriella Hattersley by 6-2 ; 7-5 , and over Charlotte Sandy and Tamsin Sandy by 3-6 ; 7-5 ; 10-6 (t/b). In their effort to avoid relegation, Ivybridge B picked up much needed points in a 4-4 draw at Mannamead A. Tavistock A won by 7-2 against Whiteford Road A, with the best performance coming from Whiteford Road players Claudia Castellani and Sarah Brett in their 7-6 ; 0-6 ; 10-6 (t/b) win against Amanda Goodison and Hilary Picton. In very hot conditions, St. Budeaux A won by 7-2 at Devonshire B in Division 2, with the points for Devonshire coming from Denise Nixon and Marguerite Butt in a 4-6 ; 6-4 ; 10-6 (t/b) win over Janet Butler and Nancy O'Connor. Ivybridge C avenged last week´s defeat against St, Budeaux B by defeating them 6-3 with Debbie Bradbury and Tania Belcher showing improved form in winning three sets for St. Budeaux. Both the Tavistock B pairs were on form together, resulting in a victory over Hill Lane A by 8-1. Plymstock missed the services of Jessica Randell at Mannamead B, who won by 6-2 in Division 3. With the floodlights failing, the match between Yelverton A and St. Budeaux C finished in semi darkness at nearly 10.00 pm, with Yelverton victorious by 6-4, thanks to four sets from Helen Smith and Ann Short. Nicola White was the outstanding player for Ivybridge D at Plympton A, winning three sets with Sarah Owen, but Plympton won by 7-3. In a match enjoyed by both teams Looe won the Cornish derby with Saltash by 8-2, with Melissa Hocking and Gill Bath the best pair for Looe. Despite Deborah Saunders and Briony Williams winning four sets for St. Mellion, visitors Yeverton B came away winners by 6-4. In a marathon performance Saunders and Williams beat Fiona Murphy and Fiona Smart 6-4 ; 2-6 ; 10-4 (t/b) and Wendy Sharland and Lynne Macfarlane 7-5 ; 6-7 ; 10-7 (t/b). Libby Allman and Sandra O´Sullivan formed an effective partnership for Hill Lane B, winning four sets in the 6-3 win at Tavistock C. The expected close match between the top Division 5 teams never materialised as Menheniot won by 8-1 against Devonshire C. Devonshire played better than the score-line indicated, but full credit to Menheniot for their vital win . The match between Whiteford Road and Yelverton C was a case of what might have been. Whiteford Road had only one pair and Yelverton played an ineligible player, the result of which ended Whiteford Road 2 Yelverton 4. The Plympton B players, Helen Wright and Sarah Blain, were too strong for the Hill Lane C team as Plympton won by 7-2.
The final of the 2013 Plymouth & District Knock Out Cup will feature the same finalists as in 2012. Mannamead entertain Devonshire, the holders, on Sunday July 21st. In the Semi-final, Mannamead beat St. Budeaux and Devonshire defeated Whiteford Road. Mannamead were at full strength but St. Budeaux had only Neil Hunt, of their regular Mens A team, available. With the Mixed Doubles events being played first, honours were even at two sets all. In the top event Hunt and Kate Gibbons played exceptionally well to overcome Rory Harries and Heather Dixon by 6-1 ; 6-2 . Mannamead levelled when Simon Prout and Josie Debnam had a comfortable 6-1 ; 6-1 win over Martin Hill and Nikki Aitken. B team player Hill kept his end up well in the Mens Doubles, partnered by Hunt, but the more experienced pair of Harries and Prout were well worth their 6-3 ; 6-3 victory. The St. Budeaux ladies, Gibbons and Aitken, found Debnam and Dixon too good in the first set, but the rallies were more closely contested in the second set before Debnam and Dixon won by 6-1 ; 6-4. Mannamead won the match by six sets to two.
The luck of the draw gave Whiteford Road quite a smooth journey into the Semi-final, but then they faced the daunting prospect of meeting the high standard Devonshire team. Devonshire did not take the match lightly and put out a very strong line up. Although beaten by eight sets to nil, Whiteford Road never gave up, and fully deserved the fourteen games they won.
Mannamead v. St Budeaux ( Mannamead names first).
R. Harries/H. Dixon lost to N. Hunt/K. Gibbons 1-6 ; 2-6.
S. Prout/J. Debnam beat M. Hill /N. Aitken 6-1 ; 6-1.
J. Debnam/H.Dixon beat K. Gibbons/N. Aitken 6-1 ; 6-4
R. Harries/S/ Prout beat N. Hunt/M. Hill 6-3 ; 6-3.
Whiteford Road v. Devonshire ( Devonshire names first ).
J. Reeve/S. Sandy beat T. Palmer/L. Trebilcock 6-2 ; 6-2.
C. Price/N. Hepburn beat A. Mudford/A. Diver 6-1 ; 6-2
J. Reeve/C. Price beat A. Mudford/T. Palmer 6-0 ; 6-3 S.
Sandy/N. Hepburn beat L. Trebilcock/A. Diver 6-2 ; 6-2.
In the Mens Division 7, Menheniot and Yelverton B were so closely matched that all twelve sets were needed before Menheniot emerged the winners by 7-5. However, the Menheniot score sheet was not posted or received in time, so Menheniot were penalised two points with the amended score 5-5.
St. Budeaux B and Ivybridge C ladies played in very wet conditions, with St. Budeaux winning by 7-3 in Division 2. Sue Gale and Toni Aitken won four sets for St. Budeaux, with Debbie Bradbury and Tania Belcher winning their first event of the season in defeating Sue Birch and Penny Punch 6-2 ; 6-4. Tavistock C moved out of the Division 4 bottom two, with a win by 8-1 over Saltash.
With only three weeks of the season remaining, many teams have the threat of relegation hanging over them. In the Mens Division 1, Liskeard, with a very small squad, face an almost certain journey back to Division 2, after promotion in 2012. Joining them could be Mannamead A, who are at present in the second relegation place, six points behind Devonshire A. St. Budeaux B just kept their Division 2 spot in 2012, but are the favourites for the drop, along with either Plympton A or Saltash A ( after just one season in Division 2 ). The bottom of Division 3 sees four teams separated by seven points. Hill Lane B and Tavistock C need good results to move out of the last two places. Whiteford Road A, after coming up from Division 5, have found life in Division 4 just too strong and could be joined in relegation by Ivybridge D. Tavistock E are the last team in Division 5, with either St. Mellion or Plympton C trying to avoid going down. Plymstock B have ten points and Devonshire C eighteen points to make up, if either are to stay in Division 6. The teams in Division 7 likely to have to seek re-election are Yelverton B and Whiteford Road B.
In the Ladies Division 1, the stay of Whiteford Road A will be only for one season, with Tavistock A and Ivybridge B the other teams in trouble. Also up for just one season and likely to go down are St. Budeaux B, in Division 2, with Ivybridge C and Hill Lane A both in danger of relegation. St. Budeaux C and Ivybridge D were both in Division 4 in 2012 and look likely to be there again in 2014, as they are in the last two places in Division 3. Cornish teams are not doing well in Division 4, with St. Mellion well adrift in last place and Saltash three points from safety. In the re-election places in Division 5 are Whiteford Road B and Hill Lane C.
In the Quarter Finals of the Knock Out Cup the best match was at Tavistock who entertained the holders, Devonshire. After the two Mixed Doubles events the match was all square with each team winning three sets. Devonshire then easily won the Ladies Doubles by two sets to love, leaving the match to be decided on the Mens Doubles. The Tavistock pair of Linden Hardisty and Josh Brown won the first set against Chris Ryland and Joe Reeve by 6-2. Ryland and Reeve fought back to win the second set by 6-3 to give Devonshire an unassailable lead in sets. For good measure Ryland and Reeve also won the third set tie break, with Devonshire taking the match by 7 sets to 4.
Scores (Tavistock names first )
L. Hardisty/H. Picton lost to C. Ryland 2-6 ; 6-4 ; 4-10 (t/b)
J. Brown/S. Quinlan beat J. Reeve/S. Sandy 3-6 ; 6-3 ; 11-9 (t/b)
L. Hardisty/J. Brown lost to C/ Ryland/J. Reeve 6-2 ; 3-6 ; 8-10 (t/b)
H. Picton/S.Quinlan lost to L.Ryland.S. Sandy 3-6 ; 1-6.
St Budeaux gained a somewhat surprise win over Hill Lane. The Mixed Doubles events wins proving decisive for St. Budeaux, with as expected the Mens Doubles going to Hill Lane and St. Budeaux taking the Ladies Doubles leaving St. Budeaux winners by 6 sets to 2.
Scores (St. Budeaux names first )
C.Williams/K. Gibbons beat G. Richards/ L. Harris 6-3 ; 7-6
N. Hunt/S. Gale beat D. Jones/ L. Warring 6-2 ; 6-4
C. Williams/ N/. Hunt lost to D. Jones/G. Richards 2-6 ; 2-6
K. Gibbons/S. Gale beat L. Harris/L. Warring 6-1 ; 6-1
The closest result was at Ivybridge where Mannamead were the visitors. Mannamead won a vital set in the Mixed Doubles events to lead by 3 sets 2., when Rory Harries and Heather Dixon were beaten in three sets by the Ivybridge pair, Ben Fenton and Mia Loye 3-6 ; 6-2 10-8 (t/b). Ivybridge won the Ladies and Mannamead the Mens Doubles each by 2 sets to 0, with the final match score, Ivybridge 4 Mannamead 5.
Yelverton did not have their strongest players available in the home tie against Whiteford Road who came away comfortable winners by 8 sets to 0.
Semi Final Draw ; Whiteford Road v. Devonshire ; Mannamead v. St. Budeaux.
In the League the Devonshire Club are having a good season in the Ladies Divisions. The A team lead Ivybridge A by four points in Division 1 and although St. Budeaux A are clear leaders in Division 2, Devonshire B are five points clear of Tavistock B in second spot. The third Devonshire team head Division 5 followed by Menheniot. Plympton A are almost certain to win back their place in Division 2. being fifteen points ahead of Yelverton A in Division 3. Division 4 is very tight at the top with Looe the leaders, seeking a second successive promotion. Yelverton B trail Looe by just two points with Hill Lane A a further four points adrift.
Hill Lane A look likely to wrest the Mens Division 1 title from Tavistock A as at present they hold a six point lead over them. St Budeaux A are fairly comfortable at the top of Division 2 with Devonshire B and Mannamead B contesting runners up position. Favourites to go up from Division 3 are Looe A and Tavistock B. Five points separate the three leading teams in Division 4 led by Ivybridge C from Plympton B and Tavistock D. Yelverton A should regain their place in Division 4 as they are thirteen points ahead of Mannamead C in Division 5. On course for another promotion are Looe B who are six points ahead of Plympton D in Division 6, and Mannamead D and Saltash B are well in front of the others in Division 7.
Liskeard achieved two firsts in the Mens Division 1 match at Devonshire A. The team avoided defeat after six losses and the Liskeard second pair of Andrew Jackson and Tom Fear won their first sets of the season. Craig Arbuckle and Martin Shortt were unbeaten for Devonshire. Hill Lane A won by 8-1 at Mannamead A, with Glenn Richards and Dan Jones far too good for the Mannamead team. Also way out in front were Linden Hardisty and Phil Ruse of Tavistock A, who dropped just six games in the 7-2 win at Ivybridge A. Ben Knight and Elliott Veale won the sets for Ivybridge, beating Josh Brown and Luke Wakley 6-1 ; 4-6 ; 10-7 (t/b). Mannamead B played two Division 2 matches, scoring well earned victories, to move into second place. After an easy 8-0 win at St. Budeaux B, Mannamead entertained Plympton B. Strengthened by the inclusion of Jon Hamilton, Mannamead won by 6-2, with Hamilton and Phil Whitby undefeated. Steve Cole and Lee O'Brien were the pick of the Plympton team, winning by 7-6 (7-2) ; 6-1 against Andrew Leigh and Ashley Reburn. Plympton suffered a second reverse when visitors Saltash A won by 6-4. Dave Harrington and George Welbourne were the stars for Saltash in wins over Cole and O'Brien by 6-7 ; 7-5 ; 10-7 (t/b), and over Charles Mason and Gary Brookes by 6-3; 6-7 ; 10-4 (t/b). St Budeaux A overcame a potentially difficult match at Devonshire B, by winning 7-3 with Chris Williams and Paul Wardle winning their events in straight sets.
Tavistock C turned in their best performance to date by winning 6-3 at Division 3 leaders Looe A. It was an under par performance by Looe, but Tavistock put in a strong and consistent display, particularly from Matt Smith and Peter Bradley. Smith and Bradley inflicted a rare defeat on Jeremy Kevern and Dave Richardson by 7-5 ; 4-6 ; 10-5 (t/b) and also beat Des Hocking and Alan Palin 6-2 ; 6-2. Jake Freeman and Matyas Metyko won two marathon three set events for Ivybridge B in the 6-5 win at Tavistock B. Freeman and Metyko defeated Gareth George and Phil Harbottle 5-7 ; 6-4 ; 10-3 (t/b), and Max Goodison and Pete Rodgers 6-4 ; 5-7 ; 10-8 (t/b). Ivybridge D however were no match for Tavistock D, who won by 8-0 in Division 4. Ivybridge C were 8-1 winners against Whiteford Road A with Jason Vosper and Alan Donaldson recovering to defeat Adam Mudford and Toby Palmer 1-6 ; 6-4 ; 14-12 (t/b).
Roger Wratten and Jon Grainger were the unbeaten pair for St. Mellion in the 4-4 draw at Hill Lane C in Division 5. Yelverton A maintained their push for promotion, easing past Plympton C by 8-1. In Division 6 Looe B had one of their hardest matches and although they won by 6-4 at Devonshire C, the home team had to concede two sets through injury. Elliot and Guillanme Plevin are still unbeaten for Looe but only just outlasted Andrew Davies and Roger Gage by 4-6 ; 6-0 ; 11-9 (t/b). Plympton D had few problems in winning 8-1 against St. Budeaux D . Plymstock B were grateful to Peter Brownlow and Adam Randell for winning four sets in the 5-5 draw with Tavistock F. Mannamead D took a big step towards promotion from DivisIon 7 with an 8-1 win over second placed Saltash B
In the Ladies Division 1, Tavistock A did well to take three sets from Ivybridge A, who won by 6-3. Both the Tavistock pairs did well against the Ivybridge first pair of Nell Clotworthy and Abi Skelley. Amanda Goodison and Sarah Lucas beat them 3-6 ; 6-1 ; 10-6 (t/b) and Alison West and Sally Quinlan were narrowly beaten 2-6 ; 6-4 ; 10-7 (t/b). Devonshire A move a further two points ahead of Ivybridge A, with an 8-1 success against Ivybridge B, and Mannamead A were comfortable 8-1 winners at Whiteford Road A. St. Budeaux A have clinched promotion from Division 2, after winning by 6-3 at Tavistock B. For St. Budeaux, Kate Gibbons and Nikki Aitken kept their unbeaten record but Maggie Lilley and Claire Glanville became the first pair to win a set against them, as Gibbons and Aitken won by 4-6 ; 6-1 ; 10-6 (t/b). By contrast St. Budeaux B are facing almost certain relegation, after Devonshire B won by 8-0. Andy Coombs and Penny Punch were on form for Ivybridge C, remaining unbeaten in the 4-4 draw at Hill Lane A. Dylys Bradshaw and Jessica Randell of Plymstock were unlucky to be on the losing side, when Plympton A won by 5-4 in Division 3. Bradshaw and Randell beat Jane Wilson and Alison Miles 6-4 ; 4-6 ; 12-10 (t/b) and Lyn Helliwell and Lisa Light 6-4 ; 6-2 but Plymstock had to concede two sets through injury. Mannamead B defeated St. Budeaux C 6-4 with Esther Pettit and Anna Tickle winning their two events each in three sets, beating Pat Hexter and Viv Sargeant 5-7 ; 6-4 ; 10-5 (t/b) and Liz Gill and Joan McGregor 3-6 ; 6-3 ; 11-9 (t/b). Ivybridge D did well to secure a 6-3 win over Yelverton A. Saltash took full advantage of playing on grass to win their Division 4 match against St. Mellion by 6-2. Yelverton B found Tavistock C tough opponents but battled hard to win by 7-3. Wendy George and Jenny Read of Tavistock played well together to finally beat Fiona Smart and Fiona Murphy 6-2 ; 6-7 ; 10-8 (t/b). Whiteford Road B faced the leaders, Devonshire C, in Division 5, and gave a good account of themselves before Devonshire won by 6-3. The more experienced Menheniot team won by 8-0 at Hill Lane C.
Other Results Men Div. 3 Hill Lane B 5 Plymstock A : Div 5 Mannamead C 8 Tavistock E 0 : Div 7 Plympton E 7 W. Road B 2
After an absence of several seasons, Gareth Hale made a rare appearance for Ivybridge A against Mannamead A in the Mens Division 1. Hale partnered Rhys Dunsford and the pair won their four sets convincingly, conceding just seven games as Ivybridge won by 7-3. Hill Lane A as expected were too good for Liskeard winning by 8-0. Linden Hardisty of Tavistock A is still unbeaten, winning four sets with Phil Ruse, in a 5-4 team victory at Devonshire A. Last week in Division 2, Mannamead B conceded four sets through injury, but this week at Devonshire B they gained two sets when Mike Lewis of Devonshire was injured, with Mannamead winning by 5-4. Lloyd Bright and Mark Wilson were undefeated for Devonshire, beating Phil Whitby and Ashley Reburn 6-2 ; 4-6 ; 10-7 (t/b) and Richard Avent and Zack Bowen 6-3 ; 6-0. St Budeaux B won for the first time by 5-4 against Plympton A. Simon Yeo and Ashley Scoble were the form pair for St. Budeaux with wins over Lee O'Brien and Matt Hollick by 6-3 ; 6-4 and over Charles Mason and Gary Brookes by 6-4 ; 6-2. St Budeaux A overcame Saltash A by 8-2 with Neil Hunt and Paul Wardle having a hard struggle in both events to defeat Dave Harrington and James Tayor 6-3 ; 4-6 ; 10-4 (t/b) and Phil Tucker and Steve Morris 3-6 ; 6-0 ; 11-9 (t/b). Although there were some closely fought rallies, all the vital points were won by Looe A, in a Division 3 win over Hill Lane B by 8-0. Tavistock B put Tavistock C in their place to the tune of 8-2. Plymstock A continued their run of close matches with a 5-4 win at Ivybridge B, but neither Plymstock pair could overcome Michael Renovick and Marty Metkyo.
Bill Sparks and Paul Newton continued their excellent form for Tavistock D in Division 4, remaining unbeaten in the 5-5 draw against Plympton B. Four sets from Kameron Khan and Jake Freeman enabled Ivybridge D to beat Whiteford Road A by 7-3, with Adam Mudford and Alex Lace for the Road coming back well in the third set tie break to defeat Peter Glanville and Nick Haigh 6-4 ; 4-6 ; 10-8 (t/b). St Budeaux C players Gary Symons and Josh Honey turned in a very encouraging performance to remain unbeaten against an experienced Ivybridge C team. St Budeaux won by 6-3 with Symons and Honey beating Rob Thomas and Jason Vosper 6-1 ; 6-3 and Clive Venables and Andy Donaldson 7-6 ; 6-3. Injury struck again in Division 5 when Andy Westlake of St. Mellion retired at Yelverton and had to concede two sets. Yelverton won by 7-3, with Terry Leonard and Andy Weymouth winning four sets. There was a first win for Tavistock E, who came away from Plympton C victors by 6-4. All the points for Plympton came from Paul Robertson and Richard Cooper, with wins over Rick Read and Richard Hendin by 7-5 ; 2-6 ; 10-7 (t/b) and over John Mulley and John Medland by 6-2 ; 4-6; 10-4 (t/b). Hill Lane C had Steve Randall and Brendon Short unbeaten, but visitors Mannamead C won by 5-4. In Division 6, Looe B were involved in a hard encounter at Plymstock B, but an all round team performance gave them a 7-3 win. Veterans Ken Jones and Bernard Mowle were in the Devonshire C team for the first time and won all the three sets for the team, with Plympton D taking the match by 7-3. Jones and Mowle beat Mark Eve and Joe Thomas 7-5 ; 5-7 ; 10-5 ( t/b) but lost by 2-6 ; 6-2 ; 11-9 (t/b) to Peter Horgan and Sam Reynolds. Gary Eato and Rob Farrell fought hard to win two sets for St. Budeaux D at Tavistock F who won by 6-2. Mannamead D are doing well in Division 7, being far too good for Plympton E by 8-0. Menheniot needed four sets from Sam Picken and Steve Lobb to just get the better of Whiteford Road B by 6-4.
In the Ladies Division A, Devonshire A march on at the top with an 8-0 win at Tavistock A. Second placed Ivybridge A dropped two points after a 6-3 win at Mannamead A. Unbeaten Nell Clotworthy and Mia Loye were the pick of the Ivybridge team. Ivybridge B won for the second time by 7-2 at Whiteford Road A. Verity Holdsworth and Steph Ellmer remained unbeaten for Ivybridge with Linda Trebilcock and Alison Diver of Whiteford Road beating Alison Bradley and Margaret Hammett 5-7 ; 6-4 ; 10-6 T/B. In Division 2, St Budeaux B were well beaten 8-1 by Hill Lane A, but by contrast St. Budeaux A won well at Ivybridge C by 8-0. It was much closer at Tavistock B against Devonshire B, with the teams settling for a 5-5 draw. Claire Glanville and Maggie Lilley beat both Devonshire pairs but needed three sets to outlast Penny Reid and Sue Denham by 6-4 ; 3-6 ; 10-7 (t/b). In Division 3, although the Plymstock first pair of Dylys Bradshaw and Jessica Randell won the four sets in the 4-4 draw with Ivybridge D, Plymstock were glad to see that their second pair won nine games, which could be an encouragement for future matches. All the Plympton A players were on form, which meant a heavy 8-0 defeat for St. Budeaux C. Ann Short is doing well for Yelverton A and with Angie Lynch the pair did not drop a set in a 6-2 win at Mannamead B.
St Mellion were not at full strength in Division 4, with Hill Lane B taking full advantage to win by 8-0. The rallies were long and closely fought at Saltash but with Lynne Macfarlane and Julia Whetton unbeaten, Yelverton B won by 6-2. Looe after promotion are enjoying life in the higher division and comfortably defeated Tavistock C by 8-0. Whiteford Road B, in Division 5, had only one pair against visitors Menheniot, however, Gillian Thomas and Penny Watson did all they could, and the super veterans, despite being on court throughout, beat Jacqui Batterbee and Sally Lobb 6-3 ; 6-7 ; 10-4 (t/b), and Zoe Harris and Sarah Mabbett 6-3 ; 6-0, leaving Menheniot with a narrow 5-4 win. Hill Lane C won by 5-4 at Yelverton C but the unbeaten pair were Carol Llewellyn and Hilary Monk of Yelverton. Devonshire C are still the best team in the division after a 6-3 win at Plympton B. For Devonshire Liz Falconer and Henrietta Ferguson beat Helen Wright and Jane Heys 6-4 ; 6-4 , and Bingmei Yang and Sophie Raymond 6-4 ; 3-6 ; 10-7 (t/b).
In the Mens Division 1, champions Tavistock A, are hoping that their regular second pair will be available soon, as Linden Hardisty and Phil Ruse continue to be their main point scorers. Hardisty and Ruse won four sets against the division leaders Hill Lane A who won by 5-4. Liskeard are another team relying on points scored by one pair, with Rob Kellagher and Keith Abbott winning the three sets as Mannamead A won by 7-3. Ivybridge A were not at full strength at Devonshire A losing by 6-3. Stephan Vorster and Martin Shortt were unbeaten for Devonshire, beating Jonathan Bushby and Ben Fenton 6-3 ; 6-2 and Rhys Dunsford and Jason Vosper 6-4 ; 6-4. Ricky Palmer and Danny Holland for the second week running were the pick of the St. Budeaux B team, winning the three sets, as the team lost by 7-3 at Devonshire B in Division 2. Palmer and Holland beat Mike Lewis and Dennis Mbu 6-2 ; 1-6 ; 10-7 t/b but lost by 6-2 ; 5-7 ; 10-6 (t/b) to Lloyd Bright and Mark Wilson Mannamead B were well in control against Saltash A, when team captain Andrew Leigh pulled a quad muscle and unfortunately conceded four sets, with Mannamead winning by 5-4. St Budeaux A came away from Plympton A winners by 8-0, clinching most of the vital points but Charles Mason and Gary Brookes were unlucky not to have won a set for Plympton. Looe A lost for the first time, beaten 5-4 at Tavistock B in Division 3, with Dave Richardson and Jeremy Kevern unbeaten for Looe but having to recover from one set down to defeat Gareth George and Phil Harbottle 4-6 ; 6-2 ; 10-6 (t/b). John Davies and Tim Randell were in almost perfect form for Plymstock A, conceding only four games at Tavistock C, with Plymstock winning by 6-2. Matt Adams and Matt Harris continued their good form from the Winter League by winning four sets for Hill Lane B who defeated Ivybridge B by 6-3
Paul Newton and Bill Sparks had to fight hard to win their two events for Tavistock D, in a 6-3 Division 4 win over St. Budeaux C, whose points came from Mike Foote and Dave Gale. In a Division 5 match, played in excellent spirits, Yelverton A overcame Hill Lane C by 7-2 . St Mellion beat Tavistock E by 8-1, with veteran players Roy Barraclough and Roger Wratten still showing plenty of staying power, in a win by 6-0 ; 5-7 ; 10-6 (t/b) over Rick Read and Richard Solman. The strong serving and consistent backhand drives from Dave Spencer made all the difference for Plympton C, in their 6-3 win at Mannamead C. Spencer, with Richard Cooper, beat Chris Shorter and Ollie Fletcher 6-4 ; 6-4 and Paul Matthews and Bernard Lien 6-4 ; 2-6 ; 10-6 (t/b). There was success at last for Plymstock B, who won their first match since the 2011 season. The team beat Devonshire C in Division 6 by 7-3 on court but with Devonshire fielding an ineligible player the score was amended to 7-2. 12 year old Adam Randell won three sets for Plymstock and fully justified his place in the team. Looe B were far too good for St Budeaux D and won by 8-0. Tavistock F were a player short at Plympton D and lost by 6-2. Menheniot needed four sets from Sam Picken and Steve Lobb to draw 4-4 with visitors Plympton E.
As expected the meeting of Ivybridge A and Devonshire A in the Ladies Division 1 produced a great match, closely fought throughout. Nell Clotworthy and Mia Loye were undefeated for Ivybridge but Devonshire won by 5-4. Clotworthy and Loye beat Natalie Hepburn and Tamsin Sandy 3-6 ; 6-4 ; 10-7 ( t/b), and Lucy Ryland and Mae Dartnell 6-2 ; 7-6 (7-5). Victoria Goss was in outstanding form in her first match for Ivybridge B. Partnered by Nikki Reid the pair beat Heather Dixon and Hannah Odam 6-2 ; 6-1 and Josie Debnam and Margaret Banyard 6-0 ; 7-5, to give the team a win over Mannamead A by 5-4. Tavistock A won comfortably by 8-1 at Whiteford Road A., with Hilary Picton and Amanda Goodison unbeaten, including a narrow win over Gillian Thomas and LindaTrebilcock by 2-6 ; 6-1 ; 10-7 (t/b). In Division 2, Devonshire B had trouble dealing both with the St. Budeaux A pairs and being unaccustomed to the windy conditions. St Budeaux, in a good team performance, secured a win by 8-0. Tavistock B were strengthened by the inclusion of Claire Glanville, who with Maggie Lilley won four sets, in a 6-3 win at Hill Lane A. Yelverton A were glad to see Helen Smith back in their line up in a 5-4 win at St. Budeaux C in Division 3. Smith and Ann Short beat Pat Hexter and Liz Gill 6-1 ; 6-4 and Joan McGregor and Helen Foote 7-5 ; 6-2. Liz Parks and debutante Katherine Bell won four sets for Mannamead B in a 6-2 victory at Plymstock. Promoted Looe remain unbeaten after an 8-1 win in Division 4 at Saltash.
Hill Lane C and Plympton B, in a marathon match in Division 5, played for over three and a half hours, with Plympton victors by 7-2. Devonshire C did well to win by 6-2 against Menheniot, with Henrietta Ferguson and Shirley Williams winning four sets. Whiteford Road B could not raise a team to travel to Yelverton C who were awarded the match 8-0 and Whiteford Road penalised five points.
In the Ladies Division 1, both Devonshire A and Ivybridge A have yet to concede a set this season, with each team winning by 8-0 against Ivybridge B and Tavistock A respectively. Ivybridge B won just nine games, but the Tavistock first pair of Hilary Picton and Amanda Goodison won fifteen games of the teams total of seventeen games. Hannah Odam and Josie Debnam of Mannamead A were far too good for both Whiteford Road A pairs, dropping only two games in four sets, in a win for Mannamead by 6-2. Alison Diver and Linda Trebilcock won the sets for Whiteford Road, playing well to beat Heather Dixon and Margaret Banyard 6-3 ; 6-3. Kate Gibbons and Nikki Aitken kept their unbeaten record for St Budeaux A in Division 2, as Tavistock B went down by 6-3. Nancy O' Connor and reserve Tania Belcher of St. Budeaux came from a set down to win by 5-7 ; 6-1 ; 10-7(t/b) against Roma McMahon and Lynda Williams. Devonshire B deserved their 6-2 win over St. Budeaux B, with Georgia Jones and Lynda Haley winning their four sets comfortably by 6-1 ; 6-1 against Sue Gale and Toni Aitken, and by 6-2 ; 6-1 against Pat Hexter and Debbie Bradbury. Ivybridge C entertained Hill Lane A on the indoor courts and won by 6-2, with Jill Dickenson and Jenny Richardson beating both Hill Lane pairs. Alison Miles and Jane Wilson were back to form for Plympton A in Division 3, being unbeaten against Plymstock, with Plympton winning by 7-3. Dylys Bradshaw and Jessica Randell won all the sets for Plymstock but were beaten 6-4 ; 3-6 ; 10-6 (t/b) by Miles and Wilson. The good start to the season made by Yelverton A continued with an 8-0 win over Ivybridge D with Yelverton slightly flattered by their win margin.
The Cornish derby match in Division 4 between St. Mellion and Saltash ended all square at 5-5. Deborah Saunders and Trudi Rowe were the unbeaten form pair for St. Mellion, including a hard fought win against Jill Cansfield and Chris Bunney by 2-6 ; 7-5 ; 10-5 (t/b). Also drawing 5-5 were Hill Lane B and Looe, with four sets for Looe coming from Audrey Scott and Lyndsey Fear. Success for Yelverton continued with the B team winning by 6-4 at Tavistock C but neither Yelverton pair could get the better of Trisha Mowle and Fizz Ward. Mowle and Ward beat Wendy Sharland and Lynne Macfarlane 4-6 ; 7-5 ; 10-6 (t/b) and Fi Smart and Fiona Murphy 6-3 ; 2-6 ; 10-6 (t/b). A third win for Yelverton came in Division 5, with the C team defeating Plympton B by 6-3, with Megs Berry and Carol Llewellyn winning four sets. No problems for Menheniot, who beat an inexperienced Hill Lane C team by 8-0.
Ivybridge A inflicted a rare defeat on the defending champions Tavistock A, in the Mens Division 1, winning by 5-4. Linden Hardisty and Phil Ruse beat both Ivybridge pairs and came back well after a slow start to win by 0-6 ; 7-5 ; 11-9 (t/b) against Rhys Dunsford and Ben Knight. Hill Lane A beat visitors Mannamead A by 6-2, with Glenn Richards and Adrian Brown still unbeaten. There was a good win for Umberto Fontanari and Rory Harries of Mananmead by 6-4 ; 7-6 over Seb Dartnell and Patrick Daykin. Liskeard look like having to rely on Rob Kellagher and Keith Abbott for their points. The pair won three sets against Devonshire A, who won the match 7-3. In an excellent Division 2 match between Mannamead B and St. Budeaux B both teams were evenly matched, with the win going to Mannamead by 7-3 . Richard Avent and Phil Whitby won both their events for Mannamead, including a narrow win over Dave Gale and Simon Yeo by 7-6 ; 5-7 ; 10-8 (t/b) . Danny Holland was playing his first match for several seasons for St. Budeaux and with Ricky Palmer came back well from 1-5 in the first set to defeat Andrew Leigh and Ashley Reburn 7-5 ; 3-6 ; 10-7 (t/b). St Budeaux A and Devonshire B drew 4-4, with Dennis Mbu and Ben Ward winning the four sets for Devonshire. Plympton A included two former Torpoint players, Bradley Crossfield and Grant Pomeroy at Saltash A, but they failed to score. Dave Harrington and James Taylor were again the unbeaten pair for Saltash
Plymstock A were indebted to their second pair of Marc Joanknecht and Kevin Thomas for winning three sets in a 5-4 win against Hill Lane B in Division 3. Looe A secured a creditable 8-1 win at Tavistock C. Ivybridge B and Tavistock B defied the rain and despite James Sexton and Mike Renovich being undefeated for Ivybridge, Tavvy B won by 6-4. An injury to Alistair Mercy meant that Plympton B had to concede three sets to St. Budeaux C in a 4-4 draw in Division 4. Promoted Whiteford Road A are finding the standard challenging, but they never gave up, as Ivybridge C won by 8-0. Ivybridge D lost by 5-4 for the second match running, with Tavistock D this week's winners thanks to Paul Newton and Bill Sparks remaining undefeated. Richard Solman made a promising debut for Tavistock E in Division 5, but Mannamead C came away 8-2 winners, with Chris Shorter and Zack Bowen far too good for both Tavistock pairs. Lee OBrien and Richard Cooper were hardly troubled in winning four sets for Plympton C in the 4-4 draw with Yelverton A. With Tom Langrishe and Matt Adams unbeaten, Hill Lane C won by 6-3 at St. Mellion. After losing the first set , Langrishe and Adams won three love games in succession in the second set, in their win over Andy Westlake and Roger Wratten by 2-6 ; 6-4 ; 11-9 (t/b).
Devonshire C misread the Division 6 fixture list and did not arrive at Looe B. The match was awarded to Looe 8-0 with Devonshire penalised a further five points. Mark Gibbons played his first match for St. Budeaux D, and with Neil Hunt the pair won four sets, as Plympton D were beaten 7-2. In Division 7, Plympton E won by 6-2 at Whiteford Road B, and Saltash B and Mannamead D drew 4-4. A strong Menheniot team, including Stuart Lees, had an easy 8-0 win at Yelverton B.
The ultimate 6-6 draw is a rarity in the league but in the first week of the 2013 season three such results were recorded, a statistic probably never achieved before and unlikely to occur again.
In the Mens Division 3 match between Looe A and Ivybridge B each of the four pairs who won the first set finally lost the event. Both the Looe pairings won three sets, with for Ivybridge, Marty Metyeo and Jonathan Bushby were undefeated, beating Dave Richardson and Jeremy Kevern 2-6 ; 6-0 ; 10-7 (t/b), and Des Hocking and Alan Palin 3-6 ; 6-2 ; 10-4 (t/b). In Division 6, at Devonshire C against Tavistock F, all four pairs each won three sets. The third 6-6 result came in the Ladies Division 3 match between Mannamead B and Plympton A. The form pair for Plympton were Joy Pellow and Lynn Helliwell, who defeated Liz Parks and Juelle Pengilley 6-0 ; 6-7 (3-7) ; 13-11 (t/b) and Anna Tickle and Esther Pettit 7-5 ; 3-6 ; 12-10
In the Mens Division 1, Tavistock A started the defence of their title with a hard fought 6-3 win at Mannamead A. Linden Hardisty and Phil Harbottle were unbeaten for Tavvy, with all the points for Mannamead coming from Rory Harries and newcomer Johnny Carr. A consistent all round team performance from Hill Lane A earned them a deserved 8-1 win at Devonshire A. Promoted Liskeard were not at full strength at Ivybridge A, who won convincingly by 8-0. Dave Harrington and James Taylor of Saltash A played exceptionally well at Devonshire B in Division 2. They won both their events in three sets but Devonshire won the match by 6-4. Alex Tucker of Saltash not overawed in his first A team match. It was left to the Mannamead B second pair of Andrew Leigh and Ashley Reburn to win three sets at Plympton A who won by 7-3 with Steve Cole and Lee O'Brien unbeaten for Plympton. Cole and O'Brien came from a set down to beat Leigh and Reburn 6-7 ; 6-4 ; 10-7 (t/b). St. Budeaux A had a straight forward 8-1 win over their B team.
John Davies and Tim Randell were in unbeatable form for Plymstock A, in the 4-4 draw with Tavistock B in Division 3. St Budeaux C led Ivybridge D by 4-0 at the halfway stage in Division 4 but Ivybridge played much better in the second half, restricting St. Budeaux to a 5-4 win. Junior player Tom Briggs made his debut for Tavistock D and with Jeremy Hyde beat Andrew Fisher and Alex Lace of Whiteford Road A by 6-3 ; 2-6 ; 14-12 (t/b) in a win for Tavistock by 6-4. Honours were shared at 5-5 at Ivybridge C against Plympton B, with Rob Thomas and Ben Semmence winning four sets for Ivybridge. Relegated Yelverton A started their Division 5 campaign in fine style, defeating Tavistock E by 8-2. Tom Langrishe and Matt Adams won both their events for promoted Hill Lane C in a win by 6-3 over Plympton C. Mannamead C and St. Mellion had their usual long match but with the St. Mellion first pair of Roy Barraclough and Andy Westlake unbeaten the teams drew 4-4. Barraclough and Westlake after an easy first set against Paul Mathews and Bernard Lien were taken to a second set tie break before winning by 6-0 ; 7-6 (8-6).
St Budeaux D did well to win by 8-1 at Plymstock B in Division 6, with Rob Farrell turning in a creditable first performance for St. Budeaux. Promoted Looe B, despite four sets from brothers Guillanme and Elliot Plevin, lost by 5-4 at Plympton D. Newcomers Menheniot played their first match in the league in Division 7 and although Steve Lobb and Keith Livermore won both their events they dropped a set each time, with visitors Saltash B winning by 6-4. With more members available, Yelverton fielded a second team who won by 8-1 at Plympton E.
Mannamead Ladies A have two new players in Hannah Odam and Alison Cooke who conceded just three games as Mannamead won by 8-1 in Division 1 at Tavistock. As expected, Ivybridge A defeated their B team by 8-0, and although there were some long rallies, Devonshire A were far too good for promoted Whiteford Road A, also by 8-0. In Division 2, St. Budeaux B had to concede two sets through injury, but the result was rarely in doubt for St. Budeaux A, who were winners by 8-0. Every pair in the Tavistock B and Ivybridge C teams were in tune with the Church bells, winning one event each, with the match going to Tavvy by 5-4. Devonshire B were not at full strength at Hill Lane A who with Sophie Murray and Lynda Harris undefeated won by 6-2.
Once again injury problems blighted the chances of Plymstock , who drew their Division 3 match 4-4 with Yelverton A. Dylys Bradshaw and Jessica Randell won the points for Plymstock who were indebted to Marion Bradshaw and Aeisha Johnson for coming in as second pair. Four sets from Sarah Owen and Nicola White earned Ivybridge D a 4-4 draw with St. Budeaux C. Joan McGregor and Joan Kelcey of St. Budeaux were 5-0 down in the second set against Nicky Scutt and Lz Clyne but then reeled off seven games in a row to win by 6-3 ; 7-5. In Division 4, Libby Allman and Sandra 0’Sullivan won four sets for Hill Lane B, in the 4-4 draw at Yelverton B. Jane Poon and Noelle Boucherat were on court throughout for Saltash against Tavistock C. The pair won four sets beating Wendy George and Lynda Williams 0-6 ; 6-2 ; 11-9(t/b) and Jenny Read and Claudine Sparks 7-5 ; 4-6 ; 10-6 (t/b) with Tavistock winning by 6-5. Promoted Looe are off to a winning start with a fairly comfortable 7-2 victory against St. Mellion
Whiteford Road B are back in the league after an absence of several years and had success straight away in defeating Plympton B by 6-2 thanks to four sets from Gillian Thomas and Maggie Lintell. Devonshire C were too good for Hill Lane C winning by 8-0. Nicky Gabb and Julia Whetton of Yelverton C beat both Menheniot pairs but took three sets to defeat Dianne Burt and Jacqui Batterbee by 6-2 ; 5-7 ; 10-4 (t/b) with Menheniot match winners by 5-4.